2000s

Know the Cast: ‘Cast Away’

Cast Away Cast - Every Main Performer and Character in the 2000 Movie

The Cast Away cast includes Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt and Chris Noth. This info article contains spoilers for Robert Zemeckis’ 2000 movie (now streaming on Tubi). Check out the Know the Cast section for more Vague Visages streaming guides.

Cast Away stars Tom Hanks as a workaholic who survives a plane crash and spends four year on a deserted island. Helen Hunt co-headlines as the protagonist’s girlfriend who decides to move on with her life after a devastating loss. Written by William Broyles Jr., the 2000 film received two Oscar nominations, and outperformed its $90 million budget five times over at the box office. Here’s every main performer and character in Cast Away.

Cast Away Cast: Tom Hanks as Chuck Noland

Cast Away Cast - Tom Hanks as Chuck Noland

Character Profile: A FedEx systems analyst who states “We live or die by the clock.” He returns home to Memphis for Christmas 1995, and seems almost ready to marry his girlfriend, Kelly. During a trip to Malaysia, Chuck survives a plane crash and washes ashore on an island (later revealed to approximately 600 miles from the Cook Islands).

Hanks’ Resume: Joe in Joe Versus the Volcano (1990), Andrew Beckett in Philadelphia (1993), Forrest Gump in Forrest Gump (1994), Captain Miller in Saving Private Ryan (1998), Captain Kidd in News of the World (2020)

Cast Away Cast: Helen Hunt as Kelly Frears

Cast Away Cast - Helen Hunt as Kelly Frears

Character Profile: Joe’s girlfriend who lives in Memphis, Tennessee. She asks Hanks’ character to return home for New Year’s Eve 1995. Kelly marries after Joe’s presumed death, and struggles with her feelings four years later when he shows up alive.

Hunt’s Resume: Jamie Buchman in Mad About You (1992-2019), Jo Harding in Twister (1996), Carol Connelly in As Good As It Gets (1997), Darcy Maguire in What Women Want (2000), Rainey in Blindspotting (2021)

Cast Away Cast: Nick Searcy as Stan

Cast Away Cast - Nick Searcy as Stan

Character Profile: Chuck’s colleague and former softball teammate. Early scenes reveal that his wife has been diagnosed with cancer. Stan reunites with Chuck during a final act airplane scene and explains how much has changed back at home.

Searcy’s Resume: Frank Bennett in Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), Art Mullen in Justified (2010-15), General Hoyt in The Shape of Water (2017), Father Montgomery in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), Sheriff Thompson in Manhunt (2020)

Cast Away Cast: Chris Noth as Jerry Lovett

Cast Away Cast - Chris Noth as Jerry Lovett

Character Profile: Kelly’s husband and the father of her daughter. He speaks with Chuck during a third act airport sequence. Jerry explains that Kelly didn’t show up because she needs time to process her emotions.

Noth’s Resume: Ron Lipsky in Hill Street Blues (1986), Detective Mike Logan in Law & Order (1990-95), Mr. Big in Sex and the City (1998-2004), Peter Florrick in The Good Wife (2009-16), William Bishop in The Equalizer (2021)

Cast Away Cast: Vince Martin as Al

Cast Away Cast - Vince Martin as Al

Character Profile: One of the three pilots on the doomed Malaysia flight. He tells Chuck that they are “somewhere over the Pacific Ocean.” Hanks’ character later recovers and buries Al’s corpse.

Martin’s Resume: Kirby’s Company in Kirby’s Company (1977-78), Craig Garside in The Restless Years (1977-79), Matt Kennedy in Sons and Daughters (1983-85), Steven Richardson in E Street (1991-92), Phil Bryant in Home and Away (1992)

Cast Away Cast: Lari White as Bettina Peterson

Cast Away Cast - Lari White as Bettina Peterson

Character Profile: A woman who sends a FedEx package that Chuck discovers on the island. Hanks’ protagonist attempts to deliver the mail during the climax. Bettina offers directions to Chuck, who is quite literally at the crossroads by the end of Cast Away. The actress White passed away from cancer at age 52 in 2018.

White’s Resume: A Successful Country Music Singer During the 90s — Also, Housekeeper in The Unholy (1988) and Hair Stylist in Country Strong (2010)

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The Cast Away cast also includes Leonid Citer (Bringing Out the Dead, The Intepreter), Michael Forest (The Message, Ninja Scroll), Jay Acovone (NCIS, Lethal Weapon), David Allen Brooks (Manhunter, The Doors) and Garret Davis (Fools Rush In, Monk).

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.

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